Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Wills – what happens if someone is missing?

When a person makes a will, the will does not take effect until the person has died. This is usually evidenced by a death certificate and then the persons named as executors will assume authority over the deceased’s affairs by extracting a Grant of Probate.  Even when a person dies without a will, family members… Read more »

Child disputes – a season of discontent?

When there is a dispute regarding children, the court will often appoint experts to assist with dealing with the matter and reaching the best conclusion. This is usually in the form of ‘CAFCASS’. The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service represents children in family court cases, making sure that children’s voices are heard and… Read more »

Rent as an expense of an administration – an update

The frustration felt by insolvency practitioners and landlords alike as a result of the decisions in Goldacre (Offices) Ltd v Nortel Networks UK Ltd and Leisure (Norwich) II Ltd v Luminar Lava Ignite Ltd may soon be at end, as the High Court has granted permission for this issue to be taken to the Court of… Read more »

Let’s go Dutch! Expert report fees in family disputes

The Supreme Court has made a difficult decision about who should pay the cost of an expert witness in proceedings about children. In order to make a decision about a child’s life and what is in that child’s best interests, the court sometimes requires an expert to provide their opinion in a report. Reports can… Read more »

CAFCASS sees increase in private law cases

The Children and Family Court Assistance & Support Service (CAFCASS) has recently reported an increase in new private law cases. CAFCASS looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings and works with children and their families to advise the courts on what they consider to be in the best interests of individual children…. Read more »

Grandparents – being a parent second time around

It is now more common than ever for grandparents to care for their grandchildren, due mainly to the escalating costs of child care. Caring for the grandchildren for a few hours each week is hard but rewarding work,but a number of grandparents are making the huge sacrifice of giving up their retirement to care for… Read more »

Finance Bill 2013 – effects on inheritance tax planning

In the April 2013 Finance Bill, the idea of inheritance tax being charged on the net estate (i.e. total assets less any debts, such as mortgages or loans) is being set aside in three particular situations. The thought behind the proposal is to reduce the amount of inheritance tax relief available to an estate in… Read more »

Working from home in a new business

Many successful businesses have their roots at the kitchen table!  Ideas discussed over a coffee while the children are playing can lead many mums and dads to decide to set up a business, either on their own or with family members or friends, which does not have the pressure of committing to particular hours each… Read more »

New employment tribunal rules

On 31st May 2013 The Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations were laid before parliament. The new employment tribunal procedure rules come into force on 29th July 2013. Due to the introduction of fees set to commence on 29th July, the new rules of procedure reflect this and other changes. New employment tribunals… Read more »